You are here:

Dogs/Ingested large piece of rawhide


My 12lb shih-tzu just ingested a rather large piece of rawhide (the size of a playing card), she is eating and drinking normal but I'm concerned it will cause a blockage in her intestine or I've read it can "swell up" in the stomach with drinking water. Should I be concerned?

Yes, I would be concerned.

There are a couple of different types of rawhide. Some are made of whole pieces of hide and others are made of bits compressed together.

The whole pieces can be dangerous if large pieces are eaten. The compressed type tends to break down easier.

I would contact an emergency vet in your area and ask them for immediate advice. They may want you to bring her in for an x-ray to see if it may become lodged.

I'm sorry you have to experience this but this is the dangers of using rawhide. There are far more better chews for dogs that are much safer.

Many imported rawhide products actually use formaldehyde to preserve them. If it a USA product, they are usually safer.

But I would seek a vet assistance as soon as possible.

Please respond back after this is over if you want good, solid nutritional advice for feeding and for treats.

Good luck and let me know,



All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Roger McLeskey


Can answer all nutritional information for all dogs. Common problems with food, supplements, weight control, allergies, fleas, etc. Questions regarding raw food, homemade food, skin & coat issues, ect. Can't and/or will not do medicinal type questions that the vet takes care of.


I am certified in Dog Nutrition. Over 6 years now I've owned a natural pet food retail store. I've worked with hundreds of dogs and there owners to achieve better health. We promote a healthy balanced species related diet. This is the way nature made your pet to thrive. Fortunately for those who cannot or wish not to feed a raw based diet, there are alternatives with supplements and cooked food. Just don't let processed food be there only diet. Food is the most powerful medicine. Heal the core of the animal and the rest will take care of itself. We've turned the lives of many dogs around. There parents come back into the store and comment to us on how there dog acts like a real dog again. Our business is thriving and we continue to help many.

We work with Second Chance Companions, Must Love Dogs, members of ASPCA, HSUSA and started our own personal "Red Head Rescue" (non chartered) for stray dogs and rescue dogs from high kill shelters. We've been able to heal the many health ailments these dogs have and place them in good homes.

Dog Food Decoded - How To Choose A Health Diet For Your Dog and Your Budget - Available on Amazon in Kindle format or Paperback. Various articles for in store and web.

Certified - Canine Nutrition Level Three. Last 7 years I've been working with veterinarians, holistic veterinarians, attending seminars and best of all, real life experience with hundreds of customer dogs and cats. I've seen what works and does not work. Feeding a proper species appropriate diet works for most ailments. We've taken away our petís natural diet and caused most of todayís problems.

Awards and Honors

Past/Present Clients
Many satisfied pet owners coming to our store for nutritional help and advice.

©2017 All rights reserved.